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Likelihood to Recommend

Octopus HR

I would definitely recommend Octopus HR if companies need every employee, not just one HR team, to use it. I think it's too much and would suggest something like Taleo for one team to use.Key questions would be: Do you need a simple platform? Are you using this just for your HR team or will everyone need access? Is the way employees request PTO at your company disorganized?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

I believe StratEx is well suited for any type of business at any size. However, I believe the sweet spot would be hotels and restaurants that are small to midsize. With the right HR staff in place, StratEx is so user-friendly and moldable to the needs of the business that it can be used in any industry, location, or by any company with any employee population.
Tyler Collum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.8
Employee demographic data
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Employment history
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Job profiles and administration
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Organization and location management
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
10.0

Payroll Management

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.6
Pay calculation
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Benefit plan administration
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0
Direct deposit files
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
10.0
Salary revision and increment management
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.7
Approval workflow
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Balance details
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0

Employee Self Service

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
View and generate pay and benefit information
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Update personal information
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
View company policy documentation
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
2.0

Asset Management

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
5.0
Tracking of all physical assets
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
5.0

HR Reporting

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
4.7
Report builder
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Pre-built reports
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
1.0

Onboarding

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.5
New hire portal
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0
Manager tracking tools
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0

Recruiting / ATS

Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
5.9
Job Requisition Management
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Company Website Posting
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Publish to Social Media
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Job Search Site Posting
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
4.0
Applicant Tracking
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Notifications and Alerts
Octopus HR
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0

Pros

Octopus HR

  • It's simple. I really appreciate that the layout of Octopus HR isn't something I have to question. I know where to look for something because it's clearly labeled, that's more than I can say for a lot of other HR systems I've seen.
  • Support. If I ever have a question about setting something up, or if something goes wrong, they're always on top of it. For instance, I had no idea how to set up employee photos on our accounts. I tweeted them and they responded right away, I'm based in LA and they're a UK company, I was impressed that they were able to respond right away. They make sure their customers are taken care of.
  • Great self guide. If there's ever an ordinary question I need answered their "Octopus Guide" is very thorough and walks you through everything.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

  • HR Services. StratEx provides you a dedicated HR Services Account Manager. This person not only knows the intricacies of the HR software, but also supports all HR functions within the organization. Our StratEx HR Services Manager stays up-to-date on all laws and governmental guidance and provides support across our multi-location workforce.
  • Sales Experience. We sat through several proposals and demos from lots of companies (including the big players, like ADP, Ultimate, and Ceridian) and all of them were just completely useless. We often left with more questions than we had and we could get no answers--just the same corporate jargon. StratEx offered a different experience. A quick introductory call before we even started looking, and a low-pressure, friendly conversation where they really discovered who we are as a company and then proposed how they could meet our needs.
  • Software support. From the very beginning, the software support was out of this world. During implementation, I could pick up the phone and call one of two people who I had started building a relationship with. They knew me, our account, our practices --- everything. They waited until I told them I was ready to move to General Support. General Support isn't a bad thing! Our dedicated team of two specialized in implementation and they were released to go work on the next client. General Support is a dedicated group of three or four people who also know me and our practices. They are available when I need them to support any issues or changes that come up. StratEx's support is fantastic.
Tyler Collum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Octopus HR

  • Adding employee photos. That's definitely something I think is hard to figure out on your own.
  • An easier way for users to retrieve their passwords. Sometimes I notice even when employees put in all the correct information, the system doesn't recognize it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

  • I would like to see the reporting features expanded more. I can build custom reports, but I would love to be able to extract any data point I want to create reports I need.
  • Passive benefit enrollment. Currently, their system doesn't support the ability for employees to remain passively enrolled through each benefit enrollment period. Each year, every employee has to go into the system and re-enroll in benefit elections/deferrals. This isn't complicated for our company and requires extra work on our end.
  • I would like to see social functions built into the site. The site is already a platform many employees are in all the time, so instead of us looking for an intra-net or employee site provider, we could simply use StratEx if the option were available.
Tyler Collum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Octopus HR

Octopus HR 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Employees don't complain about it! If anything they've commented on how nice of a tool it is to have.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Octopus HR

Very different platforms. You get a lot of bang for your buck using Octopus HR. It's a much more modern and simple layout and that's something forward thinking companies definitely enjoy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Without a doubt, StratEx wins. Against all the major players in the HRS/HRIS industry, StratEx's biggest win is cost, both implementation and ongoing costs. The other's we evaluated offered tons of flashy things that most companies don't really need. When it was all said it done, we looked at what we needed and what we will need and determined that there is no reason to pay for a "big" brand name and be a small fish in their large ponds. I cannot imagine there is a company that would need anything StratEx doesn't offer. And, when it came down to it, all the major players came down from their original proposals by $100,000 or more to be more competitive with StratEx and we still went with StratEx. They've kept every promise, they've always been available, and they know where they are going as a company.
Tyler Collum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Octopus HR

  • Employee efficiency. There's never a question of who I request my time off with. The program sets up line managers who take in all the requests.
  • Less wasted time. Contact info and photo are very visible and easily accessed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

  • Financial Savings. The costs of StratEx is based on company population and active employees. This saved us a lot of dollars we were able to invest elsewhere in the company. The idea of "we'll grow with you" is modeled here as StratEx's simple cost structure does, in fact, grow as you grow, so the expense for StratEx is relative.
  • The soft savings is also a big ROI. The amount of productivity recovered by bringing an HR system in-house gives us control and easy access. Further, the software is intuitive and user-friendly, which saves so much time.
  • The HR Support services also are an added layer or counsel and guidance on the many HR laws that surround companies these days.
Tyler Collum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Octopus HR

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Octopus HR
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Octopus HR
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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